Here’s Our Guide to Every Single One of the Nearly 50 Immersive Van Gogh Experiences Blanketing the U.S., and What Makes Each Unique

At least five different corporate entities are currently battling to dominate the field.

Installation view of Beyond Van Gogh Image courtesy Beyond Van Gogh.
Installation view of Beyond Van Gogh Image courtesy Beyond Van Gogh.

As far as we can remember, there has never been a phenomenon like the immersive Van Gogh craze currently sweeping America

Maybe it’s the enduring popularity of the Dutch artist. Maybe it’s the hunger for in-the-world experiences after a year of quarantine. Maybe it’s that one scene in Emily in Paris… but whatever it is, the hunger to venture into a giant animated projection of a Van Gogh painting is real, and it’s everywhere.

Ads with “Gogh”-themed puns (“Gogh with Mom,” “It’s Safe to Gogh,” “Don’t Wait to Gogh,” etc.) are blanketing nearly 40 different cities across the U.S. and saturating social media feeds. In some cities, such as selfie-crazed L.A., upcoming immersive Van Gogh exhibitions are all but sold out well before they open.

Installation view of Immersive Van Gogh. Image courtesy Immersive Van Gogh.

Installation view of Immersive Van Gogh. Image courtesy Immersive Van Gogh.

Some are already open. Others are about to open. Some don’t even have announced venues yet, but are selling out fast.

No fewer than five different corporate entities are currently dueling it out across the map for supremacy in the Van Gogh space, causing the Better Business Bureau to issue an alert to consumers to make sure they get the Van Gogh light show that they want. In cities like Detroit, one company has snapped up the website VanGoghDetroit.com while its nemesis owns DetroitVanGogh.com.

So what’s the difference between all these experiences? Here’s a breakdown.

—Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is the vision of Mathieu St-Arnaud, creative director of Montreal-based Normal Studio, a projection-mapping outfit that has previously worked with the Montreal symphony and brought the Diary of Anne Frank to life. Beyond Van Gogh promises “300 of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic artworks,” brought to life with music and “the artist’s own dreams, thoughts, and words.”

Installation view of Imagine Van Gogh. Image courtesy Imagine Van Gogh.

Installation view of Imagine Van Gogh. Image courtesy Imagine Van Gogh.

—Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition claims to employ a signature technique of immersive projection so visceral that they do not show videos on their website, because this would fail to capture the experience. Conceived by Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, associated with the immersive attraction known as the Cathédrale d’Images in France, Imagine Van Gogh is an animated projected collage of some 200 paintings from the final two years of Van Gogh’s life, all accompanied by classical hits by Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie. There is also a “pedagogical room,” conceived with art historian Androulla Michael.

—Immersive Van Gogh is the brainchild of Italian film producer Massimiliano Siccardi. It promises, via 100 projectors, an hour-long experience completely bathing visitors in Vincent Van Gogh’s greatest hits, accompanied by “experimental electronic music with pure, ethereal and simple-seeming piano” by composer Luca Longobardi (for the New York incarnation, Hamilton production designer David Korins has been brought on for extra oomph). Siccardi and Longobardi are the team behind the Van Gogh, Starry Night experience at Paris’s L’Atelier des Lumières seen in the Netflix show Emily in Paris, if that’s important to you.

Installation view of Van Gogh Alive. Image courtesy Van Gogh Alive.

Installation view of Van Gogh Alive. Image courtesy Van Gogh Alive.

—Van Gogh Alive comes courtesy Grande Experiences, also the braintrust behind such exhibitions as Monet & Friends and Planet Shark. Focusing on the period between 1880 and 1890, it promises “more than 3,000 Van Gogh images at enormous scale” via 40 projectors, augmented to show the Dutch artist’s sources of inspiration and set to “a powerful classical score.”

—Finally, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, a partnership between producer Exhibition Hub and “entertainment discovery platform” Fever promises to wrap you in more than 400 Van Gogh works using a trademarked video mapping technology. On top of the light show, there is a drawing studio, galleries that offer info about Van Gogh’s life and work, and an (optional) 10-minute VR experience called A Day in the Life of the Artist in Arles.

Phew!

Now, if you’re wondering whether a Van Gogh show is coming to your region (it probably is), here’s a round-up of nearly 50 U.S. shows based on the best available information.

 

Alabama

Birmingham

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Dates: TBD

 

Arizona

Phoenix

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: July 29–November 28, 2021

 

California

 

Los Angeles

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: September 30, 2021–January 2, 2022

San Diego

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds
Dates: From January 2022

San Francisco

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: SVN West San Francisco (Formerly the Fillmore West)
Dates: March 18–September 6, 2021

San Jose

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Dates: TBD

 

Colorado

Denver

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: September 30, 2021–February 6, 2022

Van Gogh Alive
Location: The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace
Dates: July 9–September 26, 2021

 

Connecticut

Danbury

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

 

Florida

Miami

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Ice Palace Studios
Dates: May 27–July 11, 2021

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Olympia Theater
Dates:  June 16–August 29, 2021

Orlando

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: October 6, 2021–February 6, 2022

St. Petersburg

Van Gogh Alive
Location: The Dali Museum
Dates: November 21, 2020–June 13, 2021

 

Georgia

Atlanta

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Pullman Yards
Dates: May 19–September 26, 2021

 

Hawaii

Honolulu

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Hawai’i Convention Center
Dates: July 2–August 15, 2021

 

Illinois

Chicago

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Club
Dates: February 15–November 28, 2021

 

Indiana

Indianapolis

Van Gogh Alive
Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Dates: Summer 2021–Fall 2021

Massachusetts

Boston

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition
Location: SoWa Power Station
Dates: December 21, 2021–February 20, 2022

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBA
Dates: September 24, 2021–January 30, 2022

 

Michigan

Detroit

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TCF Center
Dates: June 25–August 15, 2021

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: October 21, 2021–February 6, 2022

 

Minnesota

Minneapolis

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: August 2–October 31, 2021

 

Missouri

 

Kansas City

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: December 1, 2021–February 6, 2022

Van Gogh Alive
Location: Starlight Theater
Dates: October 23–December 31, 2021

St. Louis

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Date: TBD

 

Nevada

Las Vegas

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: July 1–September 6, 2021

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Area 15
Dates: May 27–July 5, 2021

 

New York

Buffalo

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Eastern Hills Mall
Dates: August 10–October 3, 2021

New York City

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: Pier 36
Dates: June 4–September 6, 2021

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Skylight on Vesey
From: June 4–October 24, 2021

North Carolina

Asheville

Van Gogh Alive
Location: Biltmore
Dates: November 5, 2021–March 5, 2022

Charlotte

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: Camp North End
Dates: June 17–September 12, 2021

 

Ohio

Cleveland

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: October 1, 2021–February 6, 2022

Columbus

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: October 28, 2021–January 2, 2022

 

Oregon

Portland

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Date: TBD

 

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
From: August 2021

Pittsburgh

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: September 23–November 28, 2021

 

Tennessee

Nashville

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
From: November 4, 2021–February 6, 2022

 

 

Texas

Austin

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: The Starry Night Pavilion at Circuit of The Americas
Dates: June 18–August 8, 2021

Dallas

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: June 17–September 6, 2021

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Dates: August 2021–TBD

Houston

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: August 12–October 10, 2021

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Dates: August 30, 2021–January 2, 2022

San Antonio

Immersive Van Gogh
Location: TBD
Dates: November 18, 2021–February 6, 2022

 

Utah

Salt Lake City

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Dates: TBD

 

Washington

Seattle

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Dates: September 10, 2021–January 30, 2022

Tacoma

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition
Location: Tacoma Armory
Dates: December 18, 2021–January 30, 2022

 

Washington, D.C.

 

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: TBD
Dates: August 6, 2021–TBD 2022

 

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience
Location: Wisconsin Center
Dates: July 9–September 19, 2021


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